San Carlos Benefit

Monterey is a city with a wealth of history, and perhaps the most historic and ‘well preserved’ as such of any city in all of California. Monterey was the capital of Alta and the entire “California” under both Spanish and Mexican rule, and it was here (in a building just a stone throw away from my house – Colton Hall) where the Constitution for the U.S. state of California was drafted and signed (in both English and Spanish). Only one building though remains that can claim to have seen “all of the history” of Monterey and as such California — and that is San Carlos Cathedral.

Originally a Spanish presidio chapel, the current San Carlos Cathedral structure was completed in 1794 and thus making it the “oldest stone structure in California”. At over 200 years old though, it’s in serious need of conservation work, and tonight one of many great fundraisers will be held. As the Monterey Herald reported, “Camerata by Candlelight” will be an exquisite evening to enjoy both great vocal music and history in the cathedral before the local Camerata Singers take off for their European tour. Tickets are still available at $35/$50 (373.2628), and the show starts at 8:00 pm with a preview part and hors’doerves served with wine from Chateau Julian starting at 6:30 pm. An after party is also included! If you can, you really should try to attend and make a contribution to preserving this great icon of California’s history!

Update: This evening was wonderful! The singing was incredible and we (Eleanor, Jeannie, Annette and I) had front row seats of the whole show. It was a chorus of ‘heavenly voices’ singing in a heavenly setting! I forgot to bring my camera in for the show (was rushed from also volunteering to bus tables) but Annette’s camera pics may attest to our great seating and view. Thanks to all those who attended, volunteered, and made other contributions to the evening such as the wonderful hors d’oeuvres prepared from fine restaurants in Monterey and excellent local wine! It was too bad that Angela (Jeannie’s daughter) got sick that morning, she missed a great evening and I wish her well!

On a separate note: The Monterey Maritime & History Museum is offering **free admission** for the entire month of June! This is another great local treasure to visit if in Monterey.

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